Sponsored By :: Public Goods

Are you reminiscing about the days when buying toilet paper was not a search and capture mission? Remember casually strolling through Target and tossing a pack of Charmin into your cart on your way to look at Joanna Gaines’s latest Hearth and Hand products, unconcerned with running out of hand sanitizers and soap? Good times. These 10 household essentials are hard to find, but here’s where you can still get them with Public Goods. 

I mean, we can all agree that life is weird, right now, right? And not in the good “Keep Austin Weird” kind of way. The dystopian, anxiety-riddled, masked trips kind of weird.

Life is now the kind of weird that has us cleaning our door knobs and keys (how did we never even think to disinfect those germy little buggers before this?) and stress-eating coffee-flavored ice cream (quarantine 15, anyone?).

For mamas of littles, trips to the store were hard enough without a global pandemic, but now it seems that to find the essentials we have to get creative and think outside the big box brands. Luckily there are some pretty good options out there. 

One that we found is Public Goods, an eco-friendly brand stocked with {happy gasp} toilet paper and hand sanitizer and many of the other items we need right now. Not only that, but they will deliver these goodies right to your door. 

According to its website, Public Goods sells products that are healthy, affordable and environmentally friendly. Their toilet paper is “tree-free” and toxin-free, most of their products are certified organic, and we think it’s pretty cool that you can search their site specifically for organic, gluten-free, or vegan products. 

So we decided to check it out.

The Essentials Shopping List

  1. Toilet Paper: You might ask, “if it’s tree-free, what is it made from, and is it any good?” So in this case, “tree-free” means that it is made from bamboo and sugarcane pulp. Public Goods does not use the dreaded 1 ply — it’s actually 3 ply and twice as long as a regular roll, so it feels as squishy as toilet paper made from trees and gets the job done just as well. 
  2. Wet Wipes: One of the first things we learned as moms is that wet wipes are not just used for a baby’s booty.  These bamboo wipes are made from soothing stuff like aloe and vitamin E and can be used for anything from makeup removal to wiping down your kitchen table. There’s no strong chemical smell or overpowering synthetic fragrances, making them gentle for baby and strong for your house. 
  3. Hand Sanitizer: Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean sacrificing effectiveness. Public Goods hand sanitizer still kills 99.9% of germs, and it’s not sticky or runny. public goods hand sanitizer
  4. Hand Soap: This smells SO good, and it makes our hands super soft. It’s made from essential oils, instead of synthetic fragrances so it’s great for sensitive skin and little ones. 
  5. Vitamin C Supplements: Stress attacks your immune system, so you need these supplements to keep it going strong while you learn how to homeschool. 
  6. Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cups: This is a healthy and easy breakfast. Just add hot water. They’re 100% organic with simple ingredients, so you can feel like Supermom without the effort. 
  7. Unsweetened Applesauce Cups: Kid-approved. They love it. It’s only made from apples, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? 
  8. Coffee: Because coffee. No, seriously. Running out of coffee is not an option. Bonus: Public Goods coffee is organic, fair trade and guilt-free.
  9. Insect Repellent: Being quarantined in our homes means more time outside, but we don’t want our kids to become mosquito bait. Public Goods repellent smells so good and it doesn’t have all of the harsh ingredients you see in big-name brands so it’s safe for kids working on their latest sidewalk chalk masterpiece.public goods insect repellent
  10. Laundry Detergent Pods: Even if your kids have gone feral and live in their pajamas, chances are you still have to do laundry. Public Goods pods are fragrance-free (yay for sensitive skin!) and work with any type of washing machine.

What You Need to Know

Right now there is a limit on how much toilet paper (and other certain items) you can buy, but this restriction is how Public Goods has been ensuring their products and essential items remain available to everyone.

A lot of the time, “organic” and “eco-friendly” translate to “costs more,” but the prices really aren’t all that different. That’s because Public Goods has set up a different business model that makes these healthy, high-quality products affordable by shipping them directly to consumers — no middlemen. 

They do have a membership fee of $59 a year, which means you only pay five dollars a month for access to quality essentials delivered straight to your door. 

But if you’re not ready to join Public Goods yet, you can give them a try with their free 2-week trial period. We think you’ll be happy you did. Stay safe, mamas.

Bio: Laura Minton Gonzales is a freelance writer who works with Public Goods, a company that sells eco-friendly household essentials such as castile soap, argan oil and supplements. Check out their blog for a wide range of topics: everything from sustainable products and CBD to fluoride and essential oils.


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